The U.K. subsidiaries of Lockheed and Elbit Systems will submit a bid to the U.K. defense ministry to extend the British army's main battle tanks through 2035 under the Life Extension Project, Lockheed said Wednesday.
Lockheed opened a $7.1 million manufacturing facility in Bedfordshire, England, in June and plans to use the building once the Lockheed-Elbit team wins the Challenger 2 LEP contract.
Lockheed said it would combine its experience in armored combat vehicles with Elbit's obsolescence management and LEP experience for the contract.
The U.K. defense ministry has set an Aug. 11 deadline for industry proposals for the program's evaluation phase and expects to select two vendors to perform the two-year assessment phase work, Chuter reports.
The report said the agency expects to award the development and production contract for the Challenger 2 program by mid-2019.